To say that Tokyo is an interesting city is a gross understatement, and a handful of pictures certainly won’t do it justice. Here they are anyway.
Walking to the Meiji Jingu Shrine means walking through a scenic park that feels quire removed from downtown Tokyo. Before entering, one may use a station such as this to purify oneself.
The shrine keepers use large brooms to methodically sweep leaves. It was pleasant to watch.
Tokyo, like any city, can be unexpected.
, a hip neighborhood with many small shops is a fantastic neighborhood for a long walk.
A small market near Asakusa selling octopus.
Tonkotsu ramen from Ichiran is standard (good) Japanese Ramen that costs about 800 JPY (around 8 USD). Though it might be considered by some to be a bit generic, it’s still a step above the average Singapore ramen (understandably).
Pictures aren’t allowed inside the Studio Ghibli Museum in Mitaka. Just outside is this large Totoro statue, happily welcoming visitors.
I didn’t spend much time in Roppongi, but found this small taste of home there. As it was still early (about 8pm?) the place was empty – not quite befitting a true Milwaukee bar. Still, a welcome sight.
Ventured to this place on the recommendation of a friend and found (below) a very generous bowl of Tonkotsu for under 500 JPY. It was probably the best bowl I found in Tokyo, especially considering the price.
Finding ramen in Singapore is pretty easy. Finding good ramen in Singapore less so. There’s quite a few places that are terribly convenient – Ajisen for example can be found in many malls selling something that resembles a bowl of Tonkotsu. This bowl here, from Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, is definitely one of the better bowls (though perhaps not the best) Singapore has to offer.
An early prototype card for an educational card game we’re developing at NTU. More from the artist (Shirin Rafie) can be found here and here.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The historic temples were “lost” for a few hundred years and “rediscovered”in the early twentieth century. Though the tourism/commercialism of the history dominates, the state can’t be easily dissociated from the (relatively) recent government brutality and (ongoing) exploitation.
Finding live and independent music can be difficult in Singapore. There don’t seem to be a lot of venues supporting new musicians.
I was lucky to make a friend who invited me to a cd release show in Little India. Unfortunately, I can’t find the band information anymore – this was around Feb 2014.
Taking advantage of the location. Ubud, Bali, Indonesia was relaxing. Though the mountains were quite nice, a trip to the famous Bali beaches is in order before leaving the region.
from Din Tai Fung were fantastic. Filled with soup and pork (or crab, fish etc.), these little dumplings are about 10 dollars/10 – enough for dinner. Tasty!
Some things are the same. Some things are very different. US beer is quite expensive.